On Thursday, July 22, David Thornburgh, President & CEO of the Committee of 70, which runs Draw the Lines PA, a nonpartisan, statewide civic and education initiative, testified before the House State Government Committee on the issue of congressional redistricting. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy applauds the initial steps announced yesterday by House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, House State Government Committee Chair Seth Grove, and Representative Wendi Thomas in moving towards an open, transparent, and participatory congressional redistricting process. Read More...

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Big money in judicial elections not only contributes to the courts’ politicization but harms the public’s perception of them as impartial and independent. The proposal framed in House Bill 38, however, would break apart the judiciary into 31 different election districts and only worsen these problems while creating insidious new ones. Seventy strongly opposes this legislation. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy strongly recommends against rushing forward with House Resolution 1100, a measure that would create redundant efforts to evaluate and audit Pennsylvania elections while counties are still working to certify the results of the 2020 General Election. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy congratulates President-Elect Joseph R. Biden on winning the vote in Pennsylvania, and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on her historic win as the first Black woman and first Asian American elected to be vice president.   Read More...

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This is the most consequential election in our lifetimes, and it demands patriotism and patience from all of us. Read More...

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Americans don’t seem to agree on much these days, but there is one thing that community leaders, elected officials, and candidates for public office in Philadelphia and across the Commonwealth agree on: the sanctity and integrity of our election process is paramount. Read More...

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Los estadounidenses no parecen estar de acuerdo en mucho en estos días, pero hay una cosa en la que los líderes de la comunidad, los funcionarios electos y los candidatos a cargos públicos en Filadelfia y en todo el Estado Libre Asociado están de acuerdo: la santidad e integridad de nuestro proceso de elección es primordial. Read More...

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Pennsylvanians do not want to endure an Election Week or longer when results could be known on Tuesday. We urge you to authorize counties with the time they need. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy has for several years -- along with tens of thousands of Pennsyvlvanians and many of you -- called for an independent commission to draw our congressional and legislative maps in 2021. The window of opportunity for such reform around who draws political districts is nearly closed. But there is still time to address the what and the how of redistricting, which can still significantly mitigate the risk of gerrymandering and bolster public trust in the process. Read More...

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This Legislature acted decisively earlier this year in passing Act 12 to postpone the April 28 primary and grant counties relief to administer the election amid the exploding pandemic. Anticipating historic turnout under these extraordinary circumstances, the risk of disastrous problems in running polls and counting ballots increases substantially without a final set of critical changes to the Election Code. The Committee of Seventy urges you to return to session as soon as possible to enact the following: Read More...

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